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Obituary

Laura Dorothy Krill

February 17, 1920 – September 30, 2017

Dorothy died on September 30, 2017, at her home in Laguna Beach, CA.  She did it on her own time and with her usual flair, stubborn to the end. She is survived by sons John S. Krill, Laguna Beach, CA, C. David Krill, Atascadero, CA, and daughter Nancy M. Krill, Port Townsend, WA, 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Laura Dorothy Phillips was born February 17, 1920 in Hartford, CN and grew up in Queens, NY. She was the oldest of 5 children, and the last surviving sibling. Her father died when she was 7 years old and she always felt the need to look after her brothers and sister. The family was active in the Salvation Army and she liked to tell stories of playing the trumpet and alto horn during the holidays for the Army. Her mother was from Halifax, Nova Scotia and she had many fond memories of a visit to Halifax when she was 12 years old. Throughout her life she maintained close contact with her Canadian cousins.  In 1939, she earned a certificate in infant care from the Salvation Army’s Brooklyn Nursery and Infants’ Hospital.

She met her husband Charles (Chuck) Kennedy Krill, an electrical engineer, in Chicago and they were married in Brooklyn on November 26, 1942. They moved to Southern California in 1947 living in Burbank and Glendale in the 50’s and 60’s, where she became a member of the First Methodist Church and active in the choir. They had four children, John, David, Nancy and Brian.  Vacations in those early years were spent camping at Yosemite, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe, as well as many summers camping at Carpenteria Beach.  

In August 1964, Dorothy, Chuck, Nancy and Brian moved to Tokyo, Japan, where they lived for two years. Dorothy took up flower arranging, taught English, and took full advantage of being in Asia, traveling within Japan as well as Hong Kong and Cambodia.  In 1966 the family returned to California via the old USSR, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Britain. The travel bug had captured her sense of adventure.

In 1972 Dorothy started Krill Tours & Travel in Laguna Beach and soon thereafter her daughter Nancy joined her. Over the next 10 years Dorothy and Chuck traveled all over the world, taking several foreign trips a year. One of her favorite places was Hawaii which she first visited in 1950. They bought, along with three other couples, a condominium on Kaanapali Beach, Maui in the 70’s and, after Chuck’s death in 1982, she bought an apartment near Diamond Head in Waikiki. She continued to run the travel agency another 20 years. She loved to tell stories of all her many travels to the delight of all who listened.

Social activities were important to Dorothy and she loved to host groups in her home. She was a very active member of the Business and Professional Women, the Laguna Beach chapter of Soroptimist International, and the Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, was involved in the Missions Committee and was a member of a Bible Study Group. Originally a Republican, she became a Democrat after the Barry Goldwater nomination, and remained a very active member in the Orange County and Laguna Beach Democratic clubs. Before elections she could often be found in front of the Laguna Beach Post Office registering voters.  

Music played an important part in Dorothy’s life. When she was a young girl, it was common for family friends to visit and sing hymns. She began singing in her church choir in the early 1950’s and continued to do so until her death, more than 60 years later. In the late 1950’s she was part of a singing trio called the 3 Clubs, performing at local community and church events. She was very proud of the fact that she had sung at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall, NYC. Dorothy’s Bible Study Group has purchased a memorial plaque for her to be placed alongside the one for Chuck in the Laguna Beach United Methodist Church courtyard. The plaque will be dedicated on the 18th of February at 11:30 am. She was known for her loyalty to friends and will be missed by them and her family. Donations in Dorothy’s honor can be made to the LBUMC Missions Committee.


No military parade, Mr. President

I don’t want a military parade like President Trump does. I want an America where people celebrate our nation’s long-held values and principles daily. You know, like my Laguna friends who support the Food Pantry, SchoolPower and Friendship Shelter. They are the real patriots. No amount of tanks driving by or troops marching in formation can match what they do.

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach


Time to close Liberty Island National Park?

In an effort to assist the Trump administration in its efforts to balance the budget to reflect its objectives, I propose the following cost-saving measure for Secretary of the Interior Zinke: close the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island National Park. 

What, do I hear knee-jerk wails of objection? Unamerican! Sacrilege!  Read the attached plaque on the base of the Statue.  No, really read it.  If that’s too tasking, read at least the most commonly recognized lines:

Bring me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to be free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, it was finally engraved on a plaque and mounted on the base of the statue in 1903.

For countless immigrants, those words have been, in their minds, emblematic of the United States and its understanding that our strength as a nation is grounded in its diversity and the contributions of each immigrant, both individuals and families that came to our country and made it theirs. Countless thousands, from Colonial times to the present, have contributed their strengths and determination, and in many cases their lives, in ways that have taken this country to its pre-eminent position in the world. 

Alas, that statue and its meaning seem true no longer.  The Trump administration seems determined to change the acceptable reasons for allowing immigration to this country.  In a mean-spirited turn of malice, the criteria seem to be now qualifying levels of education, financial worth, and not being from some backward, crudely-characterized nations.  A far cry from the “huddled masses yearning to be free”, it seems.  As a side note, I wonder how Mr. Trump’s paternal grandfather in 1885, and indeed his mother in 1930, would have fared had the current proposed criteria been in place when they immigrated. 

The New Colossus and its iconic poem are neither relevant nor representative of the Trump view of immigration.  So, let us actually be honest with ourselves and the world, and shut down Liberty Island until such time as national policy once again is in accord with the symbol in New York Harbor, and the United States of America can once again become a nation that the rest of the world sees as a shining beacon of what the best of mankind can strive for.

Bob Elster

Laguna Beach


Obituary

Doug Case

September 20, 1956 – January 30, 2018

Douglas Ward Case, 61, was born on September 20, 1956 in Laguna Beach and passed away on January 30, 2018. Doug is remembered by his children - Laura Ann and Charles Emerson, Daniel and Heather Case and grandson Oliver, Nicole and Jon Johnson; his parents Storm and Shirley Case; his siblings Linda Case, Scott and Laurie Case, and many nieces and nephews.

Doug grew up in Laguna Beach and was a descendent of the Thurston family. He attended the first preschool season at the Laguna Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed sports, scouting and backpacking in the Sierra mountains. Doug earned his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 35. He held the Orange County high jump record (6’ 10.25”) for several years. He graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1974 and attended Biola University. Doug followed his grandfather Alvin Krueger into the real estate appraisal field, opening his own office in Laguna before moving to Salt Lake City. Doug especially loved adventures with his dog Bonsai and filled his free time with books, fly fishing and camping in the mountains of Utah. 

Doug’s memorial will be held at the Laguna Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 24 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laguna Presbyterian Church (415 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651) or the American Heart Association in Doug’s memory.


Time for a gun summit at Camp David

Two of my three children attended TOW, TMS and LBHS. Even though they are grown now, each of them has been affected by last week’s shooting in South Florida. Once again, innocent students were gunned down by a deranged teenager. So what’s the solution?

I call on Donald Trump to take a page out of Jimmy Carter’s playbook. For those who need reminding, in 1978 the former president invited the leaders of Egypt and Israel to Camp David. After more than 10 days of intense bargaining, they came up with a peace plan that still exists today. After what happened last week, I think it’s time for a similar meeting.

Mr. President, I urge you to invite the NRA, 2nd Amendment and gun safety advocates to Camp David for a week-long summit. If you have to, lock the doors so no one can leave until all three parties agree on ways to solve today’s senseless gun violence. I am a realist, so I know their process of finding common ground won’t come easy; still, I believe they owe it to the country to try.  

My three kids tell me our schools are becoming America’s killing fields. For their sake, and our nation’s future, I hope a Camp David gun summit will put an end to the unspeakable violence we keep witnessing coast to coast.

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach


MASS Attack on Guns

In 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded by Candace Lightner in direct response to the death of her 13-year old daughter by a drunk driver. This was not the first death from a DUI, but it was the last before the group took action.

As a result, today’s DUIs are heavily monitored and penalized, indicating fewer numbers of death by intoxicated drievers. There is at least one MADD office in every state, including one in each province of Canada.

In 2018, it is time to form MASS (Mothers Against Semi-automatic Slaughter) and address the senseless killing of our kids by savage assault weapons. Let no one tell you it can’t be done. It already has.

Britta Wilder Ross

Laguna Beach


LBUSD responds to the Parkland school shooting

Our hearts are with the victims and their families, as well as with the students, staff and community at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We are deeply saddened that we must endure yet another senseless tragedy.

A natural response to this event in Florida is to wonder what plans are in place at our schools to provide a safe environment. The District takes our responsibility for school safety very seriously because we are entrusted with protecting the children of LBUSD when they are on our campuses. 

Our District Safety Committee members develop, revise, and update safety plans through a collaborative process to ensure procedures are effective and current.  The District also works closely with our local police and fire department officials to include current best practices into our plans.

Laguna Beach Unified School District schools are required to maintain and update an annual Comprehensive School Safety Plan, the most recent version of which was approved by the Board of Education at Tuesday’s Board meeting. These plans delineate how schools will respond to a variety of school-related emergencies and include:

Building disaster plans

Hazard assessments

Evacuation plans, routes and locations

Standardized emergency management plans

Shelter in place and lockdown procedures

Student/parent reunification plans

Emergency drill schedules

As always, our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our children. We realize trying to find words to help our children feel safe and resilient in a world that sometimes feels unpredictable and scary is difficult. In the aftermath of this traumatic event, the National Association of School Psychologists notes there are effective ways to talk with students: create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible; listen to their concerns and feelings; suggest they limit their use of media to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective; and realize that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation.

Finally, staff on our campuses are trained to report any unusual and suspicious activity, and we encourage parents and students to do the same. Please reach out to your school site administrator if you have any questions about campus safety procedures.

Jason Viloria

LBUSD Superintendent of Schools


Laws won’t fix school shootings

The writer of the letter urging President Trump, NRA and others to meet at Camp David, is reminiscent to Dec 2012 when Obama formed a similar task force led by Joe Biden. 22 meetings and 229 recommendations later, and after multiple items signed by Obama as executive order,

School shootings continue. Laws won’t fix the problem.

William Kail

Laguna Beach


Obituary

Roberta (Robbie) Bennett

February 1, 2018

Roberta Mace Bennett passed peacefully, at the age of 95, in her room at The Covington assisted living in Aliso Viejo, California, on February 1, 2018.  She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Reynolds Bennett, and by her son, Duncan Griffin Bennett and his wife Suzanne Slyman.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Katie Stalder of Riverside and Mary Stuart of Long Beach, by her husband, A. Norman Bennett (d. 1959), and by her parents, Arthur Mace and Margaret Reynolds Mace.

Robbie was raised in Pasadena and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and Pasadena Junior College. To the many friends of her youth, Robbie was faithful throughout her life. Summers were spent with them at Balboa Island, and with family at Big Bear Lake where her father built a cabin.   

She and Norm were married in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1945, where he was in Naval Supply School at Harvard before receiving orders to duty in the North Atlantic in WW II.  Following the war they made their home in Pasadena and raised their children. After Norm’s death of cancer in 1959, Robbie was a single mother until her children went to college. While  Andrea was in high school, Robbie re-entered the working world as a secretary in the insurance business. She was working for Pacific Mutual Life Insurance in 1972 when the company relocated to Newport Beach, and she took the opportunity to move to Laguna Beach, the arts-oriented community she had long appreciated. 

She enthusiastically began her new life, settling into her home at the Top of the World, building her garden with its view out into the open space canyons that she loved so much. She also loved her neighbors and the generations of kids she befriended in her 44 years there on Nestall Road. Her joy was enhanced by the dogs she had over the decades, especially her last one, Ringo.

Her love of nature and hiking made her an active participant in the Laguna Greenbelt movement and Sierra Club. However, her primary community in Laguna was St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, where she made her closest friends. She was active in church outreach programs, the Evening Guild (ECW), and the Vestry. In her later years, she organized weekly meals for the homeless and volunteered at Friendship Shelter. 

As much as Robbie loved her friends and Laguna, she was constantly drawn to her world travels and hiking trips to the eastern Sierra Nevada. The international travel was a particular joy for her to plan and read for, whether it was England, China, hiking in the Pyrenees, or her beloved Tuscany – all beautifully documented by the albums of photos that she so loved to take.

A service and celebration of her very full life will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 1 p.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach. In lieu of flowers, it was Robbie’s wish that contributions be given to Friendship Shelter, www.friendshipshelter.org.


Obituary

James Lynwood Wilder, Jr

October 7, 1934 – February 10, 2018

James Lynwood (“Lyn”) Wilder, Jr, the down-to-earth charismatic man whose honest, reliable and considerate service to others made him beloved by many, died on February 10, 2018 in Laguna Hills. 

Lyn was 83 years old. He is survived by his wife Daneen, his children Gayle, Allison and James III, his stepsons Brandon and Aron Rainone, his grandchildren Jefferson, Keaton, James IV and Constance, and his step-grandchildren Sophia, Hendrix and Zoey. 

In addition to his family, Lyn leaves behind an abundantly grateful community, who will forever be touched by his frank, honest and passionate support of their lives. He was tall, handsome and charming, always impeccably dressed and always there with love and wisdom when needed. His playfulness and humor would never fail to ease a troubled soul. His demeanor and presentation, both sophisticated and colorful, will continue to provide us with smiles and memories for years to come.

A recovering alcoholic himself, Lyn had a depth of understanding and empathy that translated seamlessly to those in need of help. His recovery became his greatest gift. For nearly 53 years, Lyn was a pillar of the Southern California recovery community. He shared his hope and strength locally, across the country and around the world. Lyn lived his life’s motto of “love and service” as he selflessly gave of his time. His family is grateful for all the memories and stories shared about the innumerable ways in which Lyn taught, challenged, and encouraged people, and the profound impact he had on their lives. 

Lyn was born on October 7, 1934 in Lexington, Kentucky. The friendships Lyn developed in Kentucky remained throughout his lifetime and returned him to his roots for many cherished visits.  A true Kentuckian, Lyn loved thoroughbred horses and the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.

Lyn made his way to California in 1964. He met his wife Pam in sobriety and moved to Orange County, where they had their children, Allison and Jim. He participated whole-heartedly in the women’s recovery home of New Directions for Women, which was co-founded by Pam, who passed away in 1985.

Lyn’s career was diversified. He was independent and excelled at networking, which brought him business opportunities in real estate development, oil and gas production, restaurant ownership, the insurance industry, and telecommunications. He retired at the age of 80.

While working in the telecommunications industry in 1997, Lyn met the love of his life, his wife Daneen. They were married in 2001 and have enjoyed many years of family, love, laughter, friendship, travel, and fellowship, both in Orange County and in their second home in the California desert, where they have many dear friends. Lyn’s love, patience, and persistence with those he loved and cared for will be missed. We are forever blessed to have been part of Lyn’s extraordinary life and to have shared in part of his journey. We will carry his memory in our hearts.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Lyn on March 4 at 2 p.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to an organization important to Lyn and his family, New Directions for Women, Inc, 2607 Willow Lane, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.

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